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by paul
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:31 pm
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Are these traditional Buddha images?
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Are these traditional Buddha images?

There is a Thai activist organization founded by Acharavadee Wongsakon dedicated to protecting the proper use of Buddha images: “The commercialization of Buddha images and Buddhism symbols have been spreading fast in the past decades, following rising popularity the use of exotic and Asian artifacts...
by paul
Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:15 am
Forum: Discovering Theravāda
Topic: Are these traditional Buddha images?
Replies: 3
Views: 86

Re: Are these traditional Buddha images?

No. They are modern adaptations of Mahayana traditional poses where sometimes the leg is raised. The first one is wishful thinking as nibbana would never be achieved in that position. The second one is a pose never adopted by the Buddha, as he instructed that sleeping should be done in the lion posi...
by paul
Sat Sep 22, 2018 10:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Will you disregard Dukkha saying it is a later addition
Replies: 7
Views: 108

Re: Will you disregard Dukkha saying it is a later addition

Quote: “Nearly in the future some scholars will say the teachings describing "Dukkha" are inauthentic because dukkha is hard.” Dukkha is caused by impermanence, and samsara is conditioned, subject to the cycles of impermanence. In their first confrontation with the Theravada truth, practitioners scr...
by paul
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Abhidhamma
Topic: Developing Nimittas as in Visuddhimagga ?
Replies: 5
Views: 125

Re: Developing Nimittas as in Visuddhimagga ?

Highly regarded venerable Nyanavimla advices not to develop nimittas as the Visuddhimagga says. But some traditions like Pa auk advice to do. Confusing ... Everything is affliction and one has to learn to delight in nothing. But in the beginning one has to delight in one’s meditation, being wary of...
by paul
Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:53 am
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Clear Comprehending
Replies: 18
Views: 283

Re: Clear Comprehending

Bikkhu Bodhi’s interpretation differs from Thanissaro’s (which I presented above), in that he attributes the memory function to sampajanna rather than sati: “…the meditator clearly comprehends the nature and qualities of arisen phenomena, and relates them to the framework defined by the parameters o...
by paul
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:49 pm
Forum: Vipassanā / Satipaṭṭhāna Bhāvana
Topic: Clear Comprehending
Replies: 18
Views: 283

Re: Clear Comprehending

Alertness (sampajanna) is the component of present awareness in mindfulness, which is subjected to the focus of dhamma principles from memory (sati). The Canon defines alertness as knowing both events in the mind and activities of the body as they are happening (SN 47:35) that is, the four foundatio...
by paul
Thu Sep 20, 2018 5:37 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 28
Views: 566

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

Mindfulness of the body is clearly intended to be a focus and foundation for the other three, it being the only one where a list of exercises (six) are given.
by paul
Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

In preaching non-duality, Nanavira is reverting to a Hindu path: https://www.accesstoinsight.org/lib/authors/bodhi/bps-essay_27.html Exposing the lure of the iconoclast : “Ven. Nanavira’s purpose in writing the Notes was, in his own words, “to indicate the proper interpretation of the suttas,” the k...
by paul
Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:02 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

You may want to check out the second chapter titled 'Paramattha Sacca', of Clearing the Path: http://www.buddhanet.net/pdf_file/ctp_screen-view_v1.pdf I have no interest in Ven. Nanavira’s writings. In a brief reading of the conclusion of the chapter I see he uses the example of the chariot and its...
by paul
Wed Sep 19, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Even after enlightenment, the dualistic condition persists as indicated in the statement from DN 9: “These are merely names, expressions, turns of speech, designations in common use in the world, which the Perfect One (Tathagata) uses without misapprehending them." This also indicates that names are...
by paul
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

In nationalist Sri Lanka there is an established role for Buddhist laypeople, but in western Buddhism they work directly from the texts, guided by the commentating authors such as Bikkhu Bodhi, Thanissaro and Analayo, and this opens up healthy new interpretations of practice, and this is a case in p...
by paul
Sun Sep 16, 2018 8:31 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Could you state what those objective actualities are? The way I understand "anatta and sunnata" can be taken as objective actualities. The practitioner’s perspective should be from a practical and immediate engagement, not from detached theoretical speculation, which is unwise attention - “Shall I ...
by paul
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:55 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)
Replies: 15
Views: 305

Re: Ultimate Truth (parama sacca)

Did Buddha ever spoke of "Parama sacca" (ultimate truth). I know he spoke of four "noble" truth. Sammuti sacca, paramarta Satya. But did he ever proclaimed satya in a sense that it's the final/ultimate truth? Conventional (vohara, samuti) truth and ultimate truth (paramattha sacca) are important co...
by paul
Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8
Replies: 28
Views: 566

Re: Anapanasati - Step 7 and 8

What is saṅkhara in the particular case of Anapanasati ? Thanissaro translates sankhara as fabrications: Sister Dhammadinna: “In-&-out breaths are bodily fabrications. Directed thought & evaluation are verbal fabrications. Perceptions & feelings are mental fabrications.” — MN 44 “This means that in...